ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL – Blu-ray Review
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of the latest book-to-movie adaptations our screens have scene. After having a pretty successful limited run across the country, the hit film is now on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download. I’m very excited to share this film with you all as I absolutely loved it upon watching it for the first time a few days ago. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is kind of like your typical teen film featuring a sadly cancer stricken friend and a budding romance. Kind of. It manages to do all of this with a new spin, offering a fresh take on the “genre” of sorts and making it quite the treat and now one of my new favorite films of the year.
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.Me and Earl and the Dying Girl follows Greg (Thomas Mann), Earl (RJ Cyler), and Rachel (Olivia Cooke) who aren’t necessarily friends by any means whatsoever. I like to pitch this film to people as an indie The Fault in Our Stars with a very pessimistic outlook. Weird, right? But that’s exactly what this films feels like to me. And I’m not saying by any means that it copies TFiOS in any way other than the fact that in both films, the two main female leads have cancer. They just have seem to both have a “grab life and run with it” type of vibe. Except Me and Earl and the Dying Girl feels like the opposite at times and is entirely different and beautiful in its own way. Again, weird, right? I know you must think by now that this film is a very negative film, but I can promise you, it never falls into that hole. Yes, our main character is a depressed teen who doesn’t feel like life has much to offer. He reflects this onto everyone in his life, especially his friend Earl, who he doesn’t even consider a friend, more so a coworker. I read the book before watching the film and loved it! It didn’t have the emotional impact I thought it would, but I enjoyed it for everything it was and really appreciated its unique way of approaching a story like this. So this is the part of the review where I’ll tell you if it lived up to the book or failed completely. And I’m happy to say that if succeeded the book by a long shot. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is now the best book-to-movie adaptation I’ve seen. It managed to do what a book-to-movie adaption should do and that is take everything from the book, every scene that may have not come across exactly how it was meant to due to the fact it’s a book, and make it grand and bright for the silver screen. That’s what Me and Earl and the Dying Girl did. Some scenes I read in the book, I didn’t feel a whole lot of emotion towards them, while the movie took scenes that hardly impacted me and in turn, made me cry for 15 minutes straight. True story.
I really enjoyed Me and Early and the Dying Girl. I’d definitely give it a 5/5 stars due to the writing and the brilliant book-to-screen adaptation. Also the Blu-ray has some amazing features that are sure to brighten your day and soothe your YA heart.Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download.